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Blowout Losses Don’t Tend To Carry Over

The Cardinals' pass defense was sliced up by the Rams.
The Cardinals' pass defense was sliced up by the Rams.

The Cardinals were stomped by the Rams on Sunday, losing by 27 points in their most uncompetitive showing of the season.

While it’s going to be an unenjoyable week for the team, judging by blowout losses around the NFL this season, the poor performance seems unlikely to carry over on Sunday against the Steelers.

There have been 18 instances in which a team took the field following a loss by four possessions or more in 2019, and in eight of them it came away with the win. Take away the early-season struggles of the tanking Dolphins, and teams coming off a blowout loss are 8-7.

The Rams are an easy example, as they dominated the Cardinals a week after getting blown out by the Ravens. The Packers also rebounded from getting crushed by the 49ers with an easy win over the Giants on Sunday.

Looking back at 2018, as bad as the Cardinals were, two of their three wins came after 35-point losses.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the Cardinals laid such an egg at home against Los Angeles, but based on their overall competitiveness this season, a bounceback against Pittsburgh seems likely.

Teams after a loss by four possessions or more

Table inside Article
Blowout Loss Next Game
Ravens 59, Dolphins 10 Dolphins lose 43-10
Patriots 43, Dolphins 0 Dolphins lose 31-6
Ravens 45, Rams 6 Rams win 34-7
49ers 51, Panthers 13 Panthers win 30-20
Ravens 49, Bengals 13 Bengals lose 17-10
Ravens 41, Texans 7 Texans win 20-17
Jets 34, Raiders 3 Raiders lose 40-9
Chiefs 40, Raiders 9 ??
Patriots 33, Steelers 3 Steelers lose 28-26
Titans 43, Browns 13 Browns win 23-3
49ers 37, Packers 8 Packers win 31-13
49ers 31, Browns 3 Browns lose 32-28
Cowboys 37, Eagles 10 Eagles win 31-13
Rams 37, Falcons 10 Falcons lose 27-20
Rams 34, Cardinals 7 ??
Falcons 34, Panthers 3 Panthers lose 34-31
Patriots 33, Redskins 7 Redskins win 17-16
Patriots 33, Jets 7 Jets lose 29-15
Cowboys 31, Dolphins 6 Dolphins lose 30-10
Eagles 31, Jets 6 Jets win 24-22

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